Battlefield 3 Open Beta Available Now!!

DICE and EA have made available Battlefield 3’s multiplayer beta to all those who have been gobsmacked with amazement by one of this years most beautiful and must have title.

Today, the beta was released on both Xbox 360’s Live Marketplace and Playstation 3’s Network. For those who have beastly PCs and opted for that version, Origin is the place to be. Those of you who live under a rock, Origin is EA’s answer to Valve’s hugely successful Steam client.

Updated: We’re in! Our first impressions of the Battlefield 3 Open Beta

Back to EA and with beta’s in general, nobody can predict how successful they will be until it’s made publicly available. When BF3’s beta was classified as open to all, server performance would have taken a huge hit as countless numbers of eager gamers try to log on.

Yeah, I’m one of those guys!

Having spent a good hour waiting for the Xbox 360 version to download (all 1.3 gigs worth), I have attempted to join the fight well over 30 times, only to be greeted with connection lost error messages. For all those attempts, I had hit the server once and managing a measly five minutes worth of actual game time.

So, as I try yet again to get on EA servers, who has managed more than five minutes? Did you like what you saw? Or is Battlefield 3 lacking something? Leave your thoughts below… And then try and get back on them servers!!

Battlefield 3’s multiplayer beta is available until the 10th October, with the titles’ imminent release on the 25th. Those gaming with PCs, the recommended system requirements are stated below:

OS: Windows Vista (Service Pack 2) 32-BIT
PROCESSOR: 2 GHZ Dual Core (Core 2 DUO 2.4 GHZ OR Athlon X2 2.7 GHZ)
GRAPHICS CARD (AMD): DirectX 10.1 Compatible with 512 MB RAM (ATi Radeon 3000, 4000, 5000 or 6000 Series, with ATi Radeon 3870 or higher performance)
GRAPHICS CARD (NVIDIA): DirectX 10.0 Compatible with 512 MB RAM (Nvidia GeForce 8, 9, 200, 300, 400 or 500 Series with Nvidia GeForce 8800 GT or higher performance)
SOUND CARD: DirectX Compatible
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OS: Windows 7 64-BIT
GRAPHICS CARD: DirectX 11 Compatible with 1024 MB RAM (Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 or ATi Radeon 6950)
SOUND CARD: DirectX Compatible
Keyboard and mouse

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  1. says

    As one of the fools that bought Medal of Honor Tier 1, I got an email from EA saying I could download the Xbox Battlefield 3 beta so out of curiosity (I’ve never owned a Battlefield title), I did.

    No connection problems here, getting into a game was painless and after working out how to crouch and go prone I was pretty happy with the controls. But for me, there’s just something not quite right about Battlefield. I think I’m more suited to the slight arcade-style lean on the Call of Duty series, so with MW3 on the horizon that’s fine by me.

    I can’t really put my finger on the exact reason why I don’t like it. Maybe it’s the scenery, maybe the game physics, who knows. I just know what I likes and Battlefield ain’t it. Sadly, the only thing the beta invite has done for me is make me pre-order MW3.

    • DanThornton says

      While you were writing your comment, I was just writing my post on my first impressions, having finally got into the game.

      I think there is an element of the PC heritage of Battlefield that makes it a more detached experience, but also the choice of game mode and map hasn’t helped to show what makes it a good alternative. But I don’t think you’re the only person who might have tried it for the first time and then committed back to CoD as a result.

      • says

        Hah typical – maybe I’ll repost my comment on your post too.

        Maybe Battlefield has more realism, with teams working together whereas I prefer the more gung-ho approach in Modern Warfare where successes can be had just by running everywhere with the Lightweight perk. In MW I don’t feel too bad about abandoning my team mates if I’ve got to log off to go and have my dinner, whereas I can see people dedicating hours to nail a strategy in Battlefield.

        I suppose each series appeals to a slightly different breed of gamer :)

  2. Gazinio says

    Personally found it to be a good game, the beta hasnt even got any vehicles or mounted weapons and its still pretty awesome, all you COD freaks can stick with your arcadey style of play, i personally find it a bit dull, especially as its infested with foul mouthed retarded 12 year old yanks, you can keep it.

    the beta isnt really a good demo of the game as its been pretty glitchy (what with falling through the floor, sound loss and connection/squad issues) im looking forward to the main game and im pretty sure battlefield will once again prove to be a better overall war game!


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